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The San Pedro Sun

Standard Six students sit second part of PSE
On Tuesday, May 2nd, 258 Standard Six students from across eight schools on Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker returned to San Pedro High School to sit the second portion of the Primary School Examination (PSE) exam. Nearly a month after taking the first segment, the last phase of the PSE challenged the students in Mathematics and Social Studies. After taking the exam at 8AM, students were released at 1:45PM, where many of them were relieved to be done with the PSE. Collin Greif of The Island Academy was confident about his performance. “I figured if you studied really hard for the PSE, anyone could have done pretty well. I am confident I did great, because I thought it was easy,” he said. SPHS Teacher Giselle Lobos commends everyone’s efforts during the exam. “Students arrived on time, and they followed all of the procedures. All of the supervisors had a pleasure working along with them. I must commend the schools for preparing their students in terms of their behavior, and being prepared for today’s exam,” said Lobos.

Miss Teen Belize delegates officially sashed
Miss Teen Belize delegates: 15-year-old Grace Brown (San Pedro), 17 year-old Vineesha Price (Belize City), 18 year-old Kiah Pastor (Belmopan), and 15 year-old Julene García (Toledo) were officially sashed on Saturday, April 29th. Hosted at Finn & Martini, the ceremony was a prelude to the upcoming activities prior to the Miss Teen Belize pageant on Saturday, May 27th. Vivian Noralez, Miss Petite Teen Belize 2016-2017 and pageant organizer, says that with the help and support of many friends and businesses, she believes that Miss Teen Belize can really make her mark in the international pageant. The pageant will be hosted at Mahogany Bay Village at 7PM, with a red carpet event and a poolside pageant at Shaken Bar & Restaurant.

Ambergris Caye Masonic Lodge turns two
The Ambergris Caye Masonic Lodge No. 5 celebrated its second anniversary on Saturday, April 29th in fine form. Members of Masonic Lodges from around the country and beyond the borders gathered at The Great House, located at the luxurious Mahogany Bay Village south of San Pedro Town. Shortly after 6PM, the social gathering saw everyone mingling and enjoying a fabulous evening of dining and dancing. Although many people still regard the organization as mysterious, members of the lodge encourage the community to educate themselves about who they are. According to active members, the lodge is a fraternity that is always looking after the well-being of their members and their communities.

Another life saved at Belize Hyperbaric Chamber
The Belize Hyperbaric Chamber is pleased to share another successful testimonial about their services. On Tuesday, April 11th, American National Elizabeth Farnham was referred by Scuba Sensations Dive Shop in Caye Caulker after she became unconscious after diving. After successful treatment at the chamber, she shared her experience with The San Pedro Sun. “When I arrived in San Pedro, the San Pedro Police made the call to the recompression facility. The evacuation was organized in a timely manner, as I was unconscious. My partner approved of the facility in my stead,” said Farnham. She said that the staff doctor was extremely professional, and kept her well-informed and feeling safe. Farnham experienced involuntary convulsions upon regaining consciousness, possibly due to oxygen toxicity. However, after the mask was removed, the convulsions stopped. “I thank the Hyperbaric Chambers staff for saving my life. I will forever be grateful,” she said. Farnham is currently seeing a doctor in Colorado, USA for a follow-up.

Ambergris Today

San Pedro House Of Culture Celebrates "Dia De La Cruz"
The San Pedro House of Culture hosted “Dia de la Cruz” on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. After a special novena, the exhibition that included more examples of adorned crosses was open for everyone to enjoy. A small party with beautiful music, some snacks and drinks were available to those present. “ Dia de La Cruz” takes place every May 3rd as the date coincides with the founding of the city, Santa Cruz. It is also a very old religious ceremony that began in 1494 after the Byzantine Empress Saint Helena was in search for the cross on which Jesus died. “Dia de la Cruz” is celebrated in style, with representations of the cross adorned with flowers and other decorative objects.

Canadian Man Detained For Questioning In Corozal Homicide Case
Corozal homicide case just got a little weird as early reports yesterday indicated that two people had been taken into custody he grisly killing of an American former Marine Drew Thomas De Voursey and his Canadian girlfriend Francesca Matus. Channel 7 News in Belize City reports late in the evening that one Canadian national male suspect has been detained for questioning. This man is expected to be charged today, May 4, for an unrelated burglary in Placencia, Stann Creek District.

Police Booth Now Operational In North Ambergris Caye
On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, The San Pedro Police Department along with the North Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch and the San Pedro Town Council came together to inaugurate the North Side Police Booth. The booth is located in the Tres Cocos area 1 1/2 miles north of the Boca del Rio Bridge and will give residents in North Ambergris Caye an easier and faster access to the Police Department. Mayor Daniel Guerrero stated, “The opening of this police booth is a testament of the forged commitment from a cross section of partners. It is a testament that shows that working along with the community, a lot can be accomplished.”

Misc Belizean Sources

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SBDC Workshop: INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING AND BOOKKEEPING, ACCOUNTING PART 1
Presented by: Mr. Jorge Gentle, Business Advisor SBDCBelize, Beltraide. Location: Beltraide Conference Room, 14 Orchid Garden Street. Workshop Date: 11th May, 2017. Time: 9am to 3pm. The aim of the workshop is to provide tools that enhance participants' knowledge on basic accounting. Through this workshop participants better understand how to use their numeracy skills in and prior book keeping information, how to improve their businesses by using simple business management techniques and how to develop financial statements. The ultimate goal is to allow for the business to keep financial records of their activities so they will be able to use that information to make better decisions / increase profit for the business. Topics that will be Covered: Accounting Terminology, T Accounts, Trial Balance, Cash in and Cash out Books, Profit and Loss. Cost: $40.00, Includes snacks and refreshments.


Got a Mutt? Does your precious pet Meow? Do you have a Potlicker from San Pedro? Do you just plain old love animals and want to support the efforts of Saga Humane Society? Even if you are not a Mom, we know you have one! Come to Stella's Smile on Mother's Day May 14,2017 to celebrate Mother's near and far. Enjoy delectable Crepes and Bottomless Mimosa's from 9am to 1pm. Live tunes provided by DJ Matt Hoy! Prizes, Gifts, & Raffles.

Report on National Agriculture and Trade Show 2017
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, The Environment, Sustainable Development and Immigration wishes to thank the visiting public, the exhibitors, our sponsors and all the support personnel who made the 2017 National Agriculture and Trade Show a resounding success. The NATS Committee reports 37,143 attendees, this represents an 8.28% increase over 2016 attendance of 34,304. On Saturday, April 29, 2017, attendance was 15,107 compared to 13,982 in 2016 and on Sunday, April 30, 2017, attendance was 22,036 compared to 20,304 in 2016, an increase of 9.98%.

Lion Nigel Belisle re-elected as President of the San Pedro Lions Club
Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council and Staff would like to congratulate Lion Nigel Belisle who has been re-elected to serve a second term as the President of the San Pedro Lions Club. The Vice President of the SP Lions Club is Lion Melanie Paz. Also re-elected to serve another term are Lions Abel Guerrero as Treasurer and Pamela Zetina as Secretary. The elected officials and other members of the board will be sworn in an officially schedule to take place in July.

FRENCHIE'S OFFSHORE OPEN
MAY 20TH AND 21ST, FRENCHIE'S OFFSHORE OPEN HOSTED BY THE LAZY LIZARD, COME ON AND FISH FOR $5000 FIRST PLACE!!,

7th International Festival of Culture in Benque Viejo
There's something for all to enjoy at this weekend's 7th International Festival of Culture in Benque Viejo del Carmen. Including the launch of our newest publication A WALK THROUGH BENQUE VIEJO. Benque House of Culture (NICH) Karla Giovanna

Belize Bird Rescue annual fundraiser
Our annual fundraiser is fast approaching. Get your tickets quick as numbers are limited and are not available on the door. May 12th, Pig & Parrot Clubhouse (High Commission in Belmopan) See you there!

Today is 13 Men in the Maya Tzolk'in calendar
Today is represented with the eagle, soaring high and proud. It is also a day for wisdom and ambition.

Mr Cruz Tzalam’s family has a fire
Ya'axché expresses its deepest sympathy to Mr Cruz Tzalam’s family who lost their home to a fire on Monday, May 1st 2017. In response, Ya’axché has provided 700 cohune leaves, round sticks and other building materials from the 15,441-acre Golden Stream Corridor Preserve (GSCP) to the fire victim. Despite GSCP being a protected area, a home to over 420 animal species and a vital corridor for animals to move between the forested areas in southern Belize, its sustainable extraction zones, under proper management, provides for community members.

Water Interruption this morning at 10am in San Pedro
Belize Water Services informs customers in San Pedro that there will be an interruption in the water supply tomorrow, Friday, May 5th, 2017 starting at 10:00am. This interruption is necessary for the installation of a new water main. Due to upgrades, customers may experience low water pressure and/or discoloration in their water supply when water is restored. The areas to be affected are the Town Core, San Mateo, San Juan, and Boca Del Rio. Residents of San Pedro are advised that water is expected to be fully restored by 6:00pm. If they experience water supply problems after 6:00pm, they should immediately call our hotline at 0-800-CALL-BWS to report it. BWS apologizes for the inconvenience this interruption will cause to our customers in San Pedro.

Airbnb to meet with Belizean Tourism Stakeholders
Meetings scheduled in May in San Pedro, San Ignacio & Santa Elena, and Belize City

North Police Department Sub Station officially inaugurated in San Pedro
On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, the North Police Department Sub Station was officially inaugurated and re-opened! Master of Ceremonies, PC Harris Gabourel, initiated the ceremonies with the National Anthem of Belize which followed by an invocation by Pastor Clive Welsh, who prayed for guidance upon our leaders and officials. Following the invocation, Officer in Charge of the Eastern Division, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Desiree Philips gave the opening remarks at the event, where she expressed her sincere appreciation for the interest of both the local authorities and the residents/business owners of the area in allocating the finances to finally have a substation in the area. She strongly stressed that the Police Department and the community should come together in the efforts to end crime in the island.

CCJ Jundgement in the Maya Leaders Alliance v. The Attorney General of Belize
All residents of Punta Gorda and surrounding areas are being invited to this very important lecture. It happens this Saturday at the Fr. Ring Parish Hall.

Global Big Day 2017
This is how GBD is looking so far. May 13th is gonna be a BIG DAY for Belize!!! Team Yucatanicus, Crested Eagles, Team Sapsucker, Team Jabiru, City Birders, Team Guanacaste, Team Blue Hole, Ramatutu Birders, Team Cockscomb, Black Hawks, Placencia Frigates, Team Lighthouse.

Happy 4th Birthday to Fuego the Tapir, Belize's National Animal!

Here's some good photos from Dia del la Cruz
In San Pedro...

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
The Space Between Us, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, Fifty Shades Darker, The Comedian

Channel 7

Canadian Suspect Shuttled Back and Forth Between Corozal and Placencia In Theft Case
Tonight, the Canadian suspect in the Corozal Double Murder of Francesca Matus and Drew Thomas Devoursey is being shuttled between police stations in the north and south. That's because he's being investigated for a case of theft in Placencia, while also remaining a suspect in the Corozal double murder. But, right now, it's the theft that police are focussing on. He's accused of stealing from a Casino in Placencia - but it's not your regular case of theft. 7News has learned that its actually a dispute between the owners of the casino - some of whom hired this Canadian to collect their property and drive it out of the place. Police have been questioning him about the case for some weeks now - and today we're told he took. Placencia police back to Corozal to show them where the allegedly stolen items were. At newstime, he was being taken back to Placencia with some of those items. Once he gets back to Placencia, he is expected to be charged late tonight or early tomorrow.

A Killing Between Cousins In Chetumal
Tonight, a family in Yo Creek is shattered by the news that their 19 year old son, Saul Pech was killed in Chetumal, and the main suspect is his 22 year old cousin, Romario Pech who, the family says, was closer to him than a brother. The two Yo Creek villagers were well known in Orange Walk as members of the "Wonderless Rock Band." They had been living in Chetumal where Saul was going to school. According to reports, last night, Saul and Romario were drinking in their room with two other persons. Saul's last Instagram post around 7:30 pm shows two glasses of beer, and is inscribed with the words, "Cheers Cuz". High spirits, but sometime in the hours after that something went very wrong. Information suggests that around 2:00 am, an argument erupted inside the apartment. There was some teasing, and Saul went outside to use his phone. When he came back in, his cousin Romario allegedly stabbed him straight to the heart with a kitchen knife.

Pamela Lino’s Family Worries As She Remains Missing
Pamela Lino's family has been in suspense since Tuesday when police found burnt human remains in her torched car. The mother of one and teacher at Belmopan Baptist hasn't been seen since Monday. And then, early on Tuesday morning, her KIA Sportage was found brunt at mile 21 on the Western highway. Now police haven't confirmed the identity of the burnt remains as yet, but the family is fearing the worst. Tonight, they are torn between the hope of her safe return and that growing possibility of her loss that's gnawing at them. Today in Belmopan, a family member told Courtney Weatherburne what they know and what they fear:... Voice of: Family member: "For our family we are dealing with a likely loss of a family member and we would dearly like to put closure to this." Courtney Weatherburne, 7News "Are you all still hopeful that maybe she will come back or you all have somewhat accepted that you have lost her."

Four Men For Firearm, Suspect Says Cops Lied
Today four men were charged in the Magistrate's Court for firearm and ammunition related offences. Police stopped Kendale Green, Clive Smith, Aaron Flowers and Elwin Pollard Jr. in a green Dodge Caravan on Arlington Drive yesterday afternoon. Police searched the vehicle and found a black .38 special revolver along with five rounds of ammunition under the driver's seat. All four men were detained, but this morning Flowers told the court that he made a deal with the police at the time of the incident. According to his testimony, the police promised to let him go if he brought them another firearm. He alleged that after he brought them the second firearm the police asked him to bring a third, and when he was unable to produce another one, they broke the deal and arrested him as well.

The Alliance VS. GOB In Court, Part 999
For the past 2 days, Attorneys for the Government of Belize and the Ashcroft Alliance have been in court before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. The Ashcroft company, Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited, which used to be named British Caribbean Bank, wants the Central Bank Immunities Act to be struck down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional. You'll remember it as the law that the Barrow Administration passed in January to protect the Central Bank's foreign currency reserves. That's because they were convinced that the Ashcroft companies would attempt to attach those assets to collect on an arbitral award of 50 million US dollars. US Courts have already handed down a ruling which allows Alliance to enforce the award against the Government of Belize. The Government insists that it won't pay a cent, and so the Alliance has been trying to force its hand. All that's been preventing them is an interim injunction granted by Justice Michelle Arana and the Central Bank Immunities Act which makes it a criminal offense to go after the Central Bank's assets.

Courtenay Looking Forward To Penner
While we had the opportunity today, we also asked Courtenay for a comment on the fact that former UDP Minister Elvin Penner has been called to testify in the Senate Hearings on Immigration. Since the Citizen Kim Passport Scandal broke in September 2013, all fingers have pointed at Penner, and for his involvement, he was forced to resign from Cabinet. He was then slowly pushed out by his party. He was then criminally charged by COLA for the Wong Hong Kim passport, but that case failed due to lack of evidence. It's been over 3 and a half years, and Penner has remained silent the entire time, but next Wednesday, it is anticipated that he will break that silence for the first time and explain himself publicly. That's perfectly fine for PUP Senator Courtenay, who told us that he has a lot of explaining to do:

Weed Busted On Bus
Yesterday, Police and Customs found four and half pounds of weed on a bus coming down form the north. At 12:30, Customs and BDF intercepted an "Albion" bus at the toll bridge. They found a suitcase stuffed with 2 parcels of suspected cannabis. No one claimed responsibility and it was seized as found property. And, also yesterday in Belize City, at around 6:00 a.m., police searched an abandoned lot on Raccoon Street Extension and found three plastic bags containing two and half pounds of of cannabis. This was also deposited as "Found Property".

Normalcy Restored At Delille In Dangriga
Everything went back to normal today at Dellile Academy in Dangriga, well at least that's what it looked like. There were regular classes today, where the 4th formers took their exams and the 2nd and 3rd formers had classes as usual. All the teachers except for Timothy Lewis were present. As we told you Lewis had received a letter of termination on April 24th because his license had expired in March. But Lewis is saying that he should be paid for his service in April. Thats what the protest was about yesterday. A board meeting should have been held this afternoon regarding Lewis's case.

Air Canada Comin’ This Christmas
Yesterday Air Canada, that country's largest airline, announced the addition of its first flight to Belize. This new flight was added along with five other seasonal routes to locations in South America and Australia. Starting on December 15, Air Canada will fly directly to Belize once per week until April 2018. Air Canada is the second Canadian airline to add a direct flight to Belize in the last year, the first being Westjet which began the service last October.

BETEX Is Back
In more tourism news, today the BTIA officially launched its 12th Belize Tourism Expo - known as BETEX. The international trade exhibition gives Belizean hotels, resorts and tour operators a chance to meet and develop relations with international travel agents. We spoke to BTIA President Osmany Salas, about this event and the importance of setting up a worldwide marketing network for the brand called "Belize"... Osmany Salas, President - BTIA: "Today this BETEX 2017 is our 12th Belize tourism expo. The whole purpose of this event is to bring its international agents together with Belizean tourism suppliers' service providers. So this BETEX we have over 30 international travel agents hailing from the US, Mexico, Central America, UK, France and a couple other countries. They are here to meet with over 40 tourism service providers, hoteliers and tour operators from all over Belize. Every area of Belize is being represented here today. The international travel agents who we call buyers will be meeting the service providers who we call suppliers during today and tomorrow. The whole idea is for them to set up networks and establish business partnerships to bring more visitors to Belize for overnight stays. The whole purpose is to market Belize and increase our tourism arrivals."

SCA Claims Victory In Youth Innovation
Since 2007, the international accounting firm of PriceWaterhouseCoopers - has sent about two thousand of its employees to Belize to teach financial literacy and entrepreneurship to Belizean students through an initiative called Peacework. Yesterday we showed you the Youth Innovation Challenge which presented students with a case challenge to find solutions for an existing local issue, such as crime. We were there when SCA's project called "Make, Manage and Invest" was chosen as the winner from among 11 high schools: Sheree Clarke, First Place - SCA: "Before we even won, we know that we were winners. Thanks to our mentors. We feel like winners." Rhea Ryes, First Place - SCA: "We just felt really motivated by our mentors, teachers and our entire school is behind us through this process and basically we all stuck together as a team. There was never once that we doubted ourselves because of all the support we got."

PWC Hands Over to MOE
And so now PWC hands over the management of the project to the Ministry of Education - while they will continue to fund certain aspects of it. Shannon Schuyler of PWC told us why they are confident to leave it in good hands:.. If you do the math, those hundreds of thousands of man hours, are equivalent to many millions of dollars.

The Legalities Of Living With Aids
People diagnosed with HIV and AIDS often become the victims of stigma and discrimination. While it is a violation of a person's human rights to deny them access to goods, services and opportunities based on their HIV or AIDS status, many people are still held back by discrimination. That is why the Central American Network of People With HIV has launched a new virtual platform for people to report these human rights violations and receive legal advice on how to move forward. We spoke to REDCA's focal point in Belize, Diego Grajalez, about the new service... Diego Grajalez: "We did the launch of the human rights violation reporting platform for persons living with HIV which is essentially to target human rights violations and actually dealing with the cases." Alex Courtenay, 7News: "Talk to us a little bit about how people go about accessing the platform."

Meet And Greet Gone to Jane Usher
We've been reporting on a fair number of homicides recently in the Belize and Corozal Districts, but in Belize City, gang related crime continues to be way down since mid-April. It's been three weeks and counting, and yesterday police positioned their meet and greet session to try and keep the peace going. That's why they went into the Jane Usher Boulevard area where there has been some friction between rival groups:... The family day is set for Sunday on the neighborhood basketball court.

Crazy Kidnapping And Robbery In Coro
Corozal police are investigating a DRAMATIC kidnapping and robbery which happened yesterday. The victim is a 23-year-old cane farmer named Emir Rosado of Ranchito Village. He told police that around four PM, he and two Belizeans from Corozal: 26-year-old Eder Stevenson, a Land consultant and cane farmer 31-year-old Eliazar Hall were kidnapped by four men who pretended that they wanted to buy a vehicle from them in Ranchito. The person they had been talking with showed up first to talk business, and then three men pulled up armed with 2 long firearms and a pistol. They stole 13 thousand dollars in cash, a blue Infinity Sedan valued at 15 thousand dollars; jewelry; cell phone and wallet, all totaling over 33 thousand dollars.

Agric Attendance Was Up
2017's Agriculture and Trade Show drew 37,143 attendees, an 8.28% increase over 2016 attendance of 34,304. On Saturday, April 29, 2017, attendance was 15,107 compared to 13,982 in 2016 and on Sunday, April 30, 2017, attendance was 22,036 compared to 20,304 in 2016, an increase of 10%. Minister of Agriculture, Godwin Hulse, gave the keynote address at the show's opening ceremony where he spoke about the importance of agriculture to the Belizean economy, and where he plans to take the industry during his tenure. Here's a small portion of his speech... Gross income for the show this year was $284,000, an increase of over $12,000 compared to 2016. The tentative dates for 2018 are April 27, 28 and 29, 2018.

Channel 5

Murder Among Belizean Cousins in Chetumal
An Orange Walk man is accused of killing his cousin in the early hours of the morning over in Chetumal. The murder sent shockwaves across that northern municipality because the [...]

Canadian Detainee in Corozal Double Murder Questioned for Theft in Placencia
Investigations into a double murder in Corozal continue tonight. The only suspect in the murder of a Canadian woman and her American boyfriend remains in police custody.  That suspect, John [...]

Missing Belmopan Teacher’s Family Seeks Closure
The family of missing secondary school teacher, Pamela Lino, is seeking closure for what can only be described as a most puzzling disappearance.  It is widely believed that the Belmopan [...]

Tourism Industry Hopes for Minimal Impact from Murders
The murders of Canadian national Francesca Matus and her American partner Drew Thomas DeVoursney continue to receive news coverage in both countries and around the world.  Unfortunately, it’s not the [...]

CIHL and Courtenay Coye Challenge New Government Legislation
In January, the Central Bank (International Immunities) Act and the Crown Proceedings (Amendment) Act were passed by Parliament.  The former is intended to protect Belize’s foreign reserves in the Bank [...]

Penner Di Come!…To Senate Committee Next Wednesday
Former Minister of State with responsibility for Immigration and Nationality, Elvin Penner, is confirmed to be testifying before the Senate Special Select Committee next Wednesday.  It has been a long [...]

Corozal Trio Outwit Robbers/Kidnappers
Three men, including a pair of siblings, were lucky to escape with their lives during a robbery turned kidnapping on Wednesday afternoon in the Corozal District.  According to Eder Hall, [...]

Victim Tells of Daring Escape after Death Threats
Hall also told News Five by phone earlier today that despite being able to successfully foil the kidnapping attempt, his brother’s vehicle remains missing.  He says they were fortunate to [...]

4 Charged for Firearm in a Taxi
Police busted four men in a taxi in which they found a point thirty-eight revolver on Wednesday on Arlington Drive, Belize City. The taxi, a Dodge Caravan, was being driven [...]

Second Victim of Elston Kerr Street Fire Seeks Assistance
A wooden house on Elston Kerr Street in Belize City, scorched previously in a fire caused by a fire hearth left unattended three weeks ago, is now completely gutted after [...]

Belize Tourism Expo: Belize to the World
If the numbers for tourist arrivals are anything to go by, Belize hardly needs help marketing the tourism product. But the industry is not one for sitting on its laurels [...]

Ministry Says English P.S.E. Writing Improving
We detailed the travails of students taking the problem-solving paper for Mathematics in the Primary School Examination on Tuesday. While scores will not be ready until early June, marking has [...]

Ending Stigma and Discrimination on H.I.V.
One of the biggest challenges for persons affected by HIV/Aids is reducing the stigma and discrimination to people living with the disease.  One organization is hoping to decrease the violation [...]

Can You Help Toledo Boy Defeat Skin Condition?
A family from the deep south is asking for urgent financial and medical assistance for a young boy living with a painful skin condition known as dermatitis. Nelson Choc of [...]

Healthy Living: Eyes and Technology
By now you know that technology is a mainstay in our lives. And while tech gadgets upgrade at pace that many of us can’t keep up with; we can appreciate [...]

1 Man Detained in Double Murder of Foreigners in Corozal
The murder by strangulation of fifty-two-year-old Francesca Matus and thirty-six-year-old Drew Thomas DeVoursney continues to baffle police up north. The Canadian woman and her American boyfriend went missing last week [...]

What Happened to Pamela Lino?
Belmopan teacher, Pamela Lino, is still missing tonight. Her vehicle, a Kia Sportage, was found burnt on the Gracie Rock junction on the George price Highway early on Tuesday morning. [...]

Charges Awaiting Accused Magistrate in Rape Case
We can confirm tonight that the Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, has directed the police to proceed to bring charges against a magistrate serving in south. The magistrate, however, [...]

Grenade, Non-Lethal, Picked Up Over Holiday Weekend
Sometime between Friday night and Saturday over the holiday weekend, Belize City police reportedly discovered a grenade on Fern Lane in the Saint Martin De Porres area. The grenade has [...]

Corozal Free Zone C.E.O. Fights Suspension
The situation on the ground appears to be returning to some normalcy following Monday’s suspension of Valentino Blanco as C.E.O. of the Corozal Commercial Free Zone. The Board suspended him [...]

At Senate, Rodolfo Bol Changes Tune on Passport System
The Senate Special Select Committee’s public hearing at the National Assembly this morning was truncated due to logistical issues with bringing witnesses to Belmopan. The sole witness to testify is [...]

What Happened During Kim Passport Window?
What does this mean for what happened with the Won Hong Kim passport? The Department’s records state that a file was opened just before eleven in the morning and closed [...]

Belize Has No Diplomatic Presence in Dalian, China
Bol also told the Senate panel about the capability of foreign embassies in the U.S. and elsewhere that had limited access to the main system in Belmopan that allowed for [...]

No Additional Charges for Cops Accused of Contraband
Almost a month ago, police announced disciplinary proceedings against a police constable and a special constable based in Orange Walk, who were accused of illegally contrabanding items at the Rio [...]

Your Light Bill Won’t Go Up
There is not likely to be any change in the electricity rate any time soon. On Tuesday, the Public Utilities Commission appeared to agree with Belize Electricity Limited that no [...]

CTV3

Yo Creek Resident Stabbed To Death, His Cousin Detained
Reports from our Mexican neighbors in Chetumal Quintana Roo Mexico tonight is that a nineteen year old Belizean student was murdered inside his apartment in Chetumal last night. The victim identified as well-known musician of the Wonderless Rock Band, Saul Pech from the village of Yo Creek here in Orange Walk Town was reportedly fatally stabbed once to the right hand side of the chest by his cousin, identified as Romario Pech, who is also a Belizean. Information provided to us by Pech’s family indicate that Romario was visiting Saul in Chetumal for the holidays. Last night the cousins decided to go out for a night of socializing and hours later the two reportedly made it back to the apartment but decided to go out once more to get a bite to eat.

Former Minister Of State, Elvin Penner Cometh To Senate Hearing
In yesterday’s coverage of the Senate hearing, we reported on the Senate Select Committee’s efforts to find out how a picture of South Korean national Kim Won Hong, who was sitting at a Taiwan Detention Center at the time, could have gotten on a passport processed in Belize. Their questions to I.T. Manager at the Immigration Department Rodolfo Bol Jr., just like their questions to other Immigration Officers, have yielded few results. The man who would be able to provide many answers, however, is former Immigration Minister and former UDP Cayo North East Area Representative Elvin Penner. Penner has claimed that he walked the man he knew as Kim Won Hong to the Immigration Department to apply for his passport. Penner had also assisted him to obtain his nationality papers.

Court's Argument In Challenge To Foreign Assets Immunities Laws Close
Attorneys for Caribbean Investment Holdings and the Courtenay/Coye law firm who are challenging the legality of Government’s extra firewalling of foreign assets through the Central Bank of Belize (International Immunities) Act and the Crown Proceedings (Amendment) Act, and the Solicitor General Nigel Hawke who appeared in defense of GOB wrapped up their arguments today on the claim before the Supreme Court. Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin heard the finals words from both sides then announced that he will be announcing his ruling at a future date. GOB’s firewall acts, as they have been described, came about in March when Prime Minister Barrow informed the members of the House of Representatives that he has gotten information that the Aschroft Alliance intends to recover payments as ordered by the Court against the Government.

Drugs Found In Albion Bus
A joint operation conducted yesterday by officers of the Customs and Excise Department and the Belize Defence Force led to the discovery of two parcels of suspected cannabis. According to reports, sometime after 12:30 p.m. officials intercepted an Albion bus near the Toll Bridge located here in the Orange Walk District where they discovered a suitcase containing the drugs which weighed approximately two kilograms. No one, however, came forward to claim the suitcase so no arrests was made.

One Man Remains Detained For Double Murder In Corozal
Tonight, the many questions in relation to the murders of Canadian national, 53 year old Francesca Matus, and U.S. National, 36 year old Drew Devoursney, whose bodies were discovered dead on Monday afternoon in cane fields between Chan Chen and Patchakan villages in the Corozal District, continue unanswered. We have confirmed with sources that only one person remains detained by Police in relation to the investigation. That person has been identified as Matus’ tenant, identified to us as Canadian national John Deshaies. Deshaies was detained for questioning on Tuesday, but during the investigation, Corozal Police learnt of a case of burglary all the way in Placencia Village in which he turned up being a suspect. Today, authorities attempted to arraign him on relevant charges at the Dangriga Magistrate’s Court, but we are told that Deshaies provided some information that required him to be returned to Corozal Town.

Trio Kidnapped And Robbed, They Managed To Escape
Police in Corozal are investigating a kidnapping and robbery report made by 23 year old cane farmer Emir Rosado of Ranchito Village Corozal. Reports reaching CTV3 News indicate that Rosado told police that he and 26 year old Eder Stevenson, a Land consultant and 31 year old cane farmer Eliazar Hall both from the Corozal District were kidnapped by four men as they attempted to purchase a vehicle from them in Ranchito Village around 4:00p.m yesterday. Reports suggest that the person the trio had been talking with first showed up and he was then joined by three other individuals, two of them armed with long firearms and a pistol. The men reportedly stole from their victims 13 thousand dollars in cash, a blue Infinity Sedan valued at 15 thousand dollars; jewelry; cell phone and wallet, totaling over 33 thousand dollars.

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Plot Thickens as Canadian National is Detained for Questioning Into Recent Double Murder
It has been close to nine days since the disappearance of a foreign couple was noted in northern Belize. The pair, 54-year-old, Francesca Matus and 36-year-old, Drew Devoursney was found on Monday, May 2 in a cane field with their bodies decomposing. Autopsy results show that the two were strangled. Earlier today we told you […]

High School Teacher Remains Missing
High school teacher Pamela Lino remains missing tonight. Lino, a teacher at Belmopan Baptist High School, has not reported to work since last week Thursday and has not been seen since the long weekend. Her vehicle was found torched at mile 21 of the George Price Highway on Tuesday morning. Inside the vehicle, police found […]

Belizean Student Killed in His Chetumal Apartment
Nineteen year old Belizean student, Saul Pech was fatally stabbed last night in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is believed that Pech, who is originally from Yo Creek Village in the Orange Walk District, was stabbed by his own cousin who was staying with him at a shared apartment. According to reports emerging from Chetumal, […]

Chief Justice to Render Decision on Arbitration Award
Today, the two day hearing in the cases between government and the Aschroft Alliances, Caribbean Investment Holdings and Courtenay Coye LLP concluded. Both cases were heard jointly by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin and submissions were made by all parties yesterday and today in relation to the criminal penalties in the Central Bank Immunities Act of […]

Magistrate to Be Charged for Rape Upon His Return to Belize
Love News has received reports that a charge sheet has been prepared for the Court Magistrate for which he will be arraigned by next Wednesday. The magistrate is currently out of the country thus the delay in getting him to the Dangriga court room. We first brought you this story on April 24, 2017 where […]

Eamon Welcomes Penner to the Senate Inquiry
Elvin Penner will sit before the senate to speak on his role in the Won Hong Kim passport scandal. Love News understands that is what is expected to happen at the senate hearing next week. In an interview with Senator Eamon Courtenay, he said that while he has not spoken to Elvin Penner, he does […]

Trade Licensing System to be Revamped
Prime Minister Dean Barrow is looking to wrap up his final term in office and with that there is the expectation that several initiatives will be fast forward as he seeks to exit on a positive note. There were several areas that the Government is seeking to reform or revamp with the trade licenses system […]

Legislation to be Tabled for the EDC
In last week’s address to the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced that there would be some changes in import duty on packaging materials, aimed at assisting the private sector. DEAN BARROW “And the determination to do better is why we will next month be moving legislation in the National […]

Transparency through a Digital e-Government Crusade
Another goal under the Barrow administration is to move swiftly towards E-Governance. Prime Minister Barrow says the ideal is to have the public systems digitized. This, he says, will aid in having payments, bills and files organized and online. DEAN BARROW “But perhaps the most ambitious initiative underway, which will give force to the ingredients […]

PM Hopes for Realization of Pipeline Projects
As we stated earlier, the Prime Minister is making the best of the remainder of his historical third term. From all indications in the last eight plus years, it has been evident that the Prime Minister is not one who enjoys losing nor is he one cares to tarnish his name. This would explain his […]


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Belmopan Teacher missing, her vehicle found burnt with body inside
Concerns continue to mount for a teacher, Pamela Lino, out of Belmopan who has been missing for a few days after her vehicle was found on fire at mile 21 on the George Price Highway. When the fire was finally extinguished, the badly burnt remains of a person was found inside. Hattieville Police reported that they last spotted the vehicle, a Kia Sportage SUV, at around 2:30a.m. on Tuesday, May 2 at their checkpoint. They say that the driver of the vehicle was approaching the checkpoint, when he/she realized that police intended to search it. That driver immediately turned the vehicle around and sped off back to the direction of Belmopan, and realizing something suspicious, officers set chase after the vehicle in their police mobile.

Fatal traffic accident in Orange Walk
On Tueday, May 2, 2017, there was a fatal road traffic accident which claimed the life of a 3 year old girl. The accident took place at about 8:15 a.m. on Liberty Avenue, Orange Walk Town, when a motorcycle with Orange Walk license plates which was being driven by Eulalio Babb, a 33-year-old Traffic Officer of OW Town was hit by a Bowen and Bowen delivery truck.

Missing American man and his Canadian girlfriend found dead
On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Joseph Milholen, an American national, reported that he went to pick up his friend Francesca Matus, a 52-year-old Canadian National of Consejo Road, Corozal, to drop her off at the Phillip Goldson International Airport. According to Milholen, he could not find Matus even after attempting to call her several times. He also stated that he called her 36-year-old boyfried Drew Thomas De Voursey, an American national of Ranchito Village, Corozal, but did not receive a response. Milholen claimed that De Voursey’s motorcycle was parked on Matus’ driveway but that her white Isuzu Rodeo was missing. Milholen stated that the last time he saw the couple was on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at a bar and grill on 1st Avenue in Corozal Town.

San Pedro gets new police booth and motorcycles
he North Side of San Pedro is a fast growing community and as with any new development there will be a new set of challenges. One of the challenges in this area was the lack of permanent police presence. The Police Department in collaboration with the San Pedro Town Council and the Neighborhood Watch Group decided to build a permanent booth witch is situated near the San Mateo area which is known for more than its fair share of criminal activity. On May 3, the booth was inaugurated with much pump and circumstance by members of the Police Department including ACP Desire Phillips and ASP Henry Jemoth, members of the San Pedro Town Council including Mayor Danny Guerrero and member of the Neighborhood Watch Group. The booth will also be complemented with three motorcycles which will enable the officers posted at the booth to conduct more efficient and far reaching patrols in the area.

BTL’s New CEO outlines his plans at the helm of the company
Chairman of BTL’s Board of directors, Nestor Vasquez on Wednesday May 3 formally introduced the new Chief Executive Officer for the company. In doing so, Vasquez said that it was an, “exciting time for BTL as we continue on our journey towards ‘destination greatness’”. According to Vasquez, Rochus Schreiber was selected after an open recruitment process in Belize, the Caribbean, Europe and beyond. He stated that BTL’s board got applications from as far as Australia and Sri Lanka. In the end Schreiber was selected and Vasquez added that he was pleased to say that BTL has facilitated the transition in leadership in a transparent and competitive manner as any other telecom operator anywhere in the world. Schreiber, said Vasquez, joins the company at a critical time during which it is undergoing a transformation of technical infrastructure and commercial operations. He added that at the moment the company is putting in place a foundation to deliver world class mobile telephony and broadband services. The success of BTL will translate into success of our country both economically and socially stated Vasquez.

Popular taxi man killed, robbery may be the motive
The 18-day peace in Belize City that the Police Department has been working so hard to cement in place, was disturbed by the murder of a taxi driver, 48 year-old Santiago Rodriguez. Police investigation so far suggests that it was not gang-related, and so if true, the cease fire that has been extensively discussed between all the city’s gangs is still in effect. The victim, 48 year-old Santiago Rodriguez, was found inside his taxi vehicle on Unity Street, Belize City, at around 2 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017. Police say that he was inside his white Toyota 4Runner with a gunshot wound to the back of the head. Information suggests that he was working, doing his taxi runs for the day, and at around 10 that morning, residents of Unity Street heard the sound of a single gunshot being fired. Nobody went out to check, and about 4 hours later, someone found Rodriguez’s lifeless body, and called the police.

40 thousand flock to Agricultural Show in Belmopan
Belize’s 47th National Agriculture and Trade Show, which was held on April 28th, 29th and 30th at the National Show Grounds in Belmopan has successfully been completed to excellent reviews. Preliminary data released by the Department of Agriculture shows that some 40,000 persons visited the show grounds over the three good weather days; exceeding last year’s 39,000 Gary Ramirez, Chairman of the National Agriculture Trade Show NATS committee reports that some 110 new businesses were present for this year’s event. Given the show of numbers by Belizeans from across the Country, it was a clear opportunity for business and agricultural related displays to obtain maximum exposure. As with every year, the National Rodeo and Livestock Show held on Saturday attracted huge crowds. Justacio Tush, a participant of the show reports that for the first time the Toledo District was represented at the show by the “San Vicente Toledo Cowboys.”

BAHA wrongful prosecuted on Social Media
While we believe that Social Media and the Talk shows, are great and much needed media for the general populace to vent or highlight things that may be occurring at a given time, those media also have their setbacks. Those setbacks are caused by those who seek to abuse, misuse or don’t understand how powerful those media are. Such was the case on Sunday, when someone posted a complain on Facebook, in one of the very popular Belize Buy & Sell groups. We gathered that the author of the post wanted to complain about what she saw as the Belize Agriculture Health Authority (BAHA), taking advantage of a struggling person. The genesis of her grievance was, the fact that BAHA’s Quarantine Officers confiscated some mangoes from her friend at the Agriculture Show in Belmopan, on Sunday. Her friend produces and sells a tasty refreshing frozen drink, known as Chamoyada. Mangoes happen to be one of the ingredients that, is used in the drink. There is where the problem originates, because we don’t have mangoes, available all year long and more important is that at this time of the year, our mangoes are not ready for harvesting.

Belmopan now has traffic lights
Belmopan City now has a new set of traffic lights that will improve public safety for both motorists and pedestrians. Chair of the Belize Road Safety Initiative, Ms Yvonne S. Hyde, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum, passed through for an inspection of the Traffic light system at the T Junction by Constitution Drive and Forest Drive in Belmopan on Friday. At the Forest Drive Site were the Representatives from the Belmopan City Council, Shane Orillo and Israel Chuc. Also present were the Contractor’s Representative, Jacob Banman and Daniel Cano from the Belize Roadway Construction, along with the Traffic Light Experts from CEMEX Mexico.

BBIA holds Book Week 2017
Every year, in commemoration of World Book and Copyright Day on April 23rd, the Belize Book Industry Association (BBIA) organizes Book Week. This year, the programme began on Friday, April 28 at the Punta Gorda Central Park and continued at the Cayo Welcome Center in San Ignacio on Saturday of this past weekend. The theme for this year is READERS ARE LEADERS! The two-day Book Week programme included a Book Fair and book exchange, storytelling, games, and sessions on publishing, digital illustration and the Belize Literary Prize. The annual Literary Evening with lively performances were held on Saturday night at the Wildfire ArtZmosphere in San Ignacio Town.

Inauguration of Belize Bureau of Standards New Metrology Laboratory
The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) in the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce, in collaboration with Government of Belize (GOB) and the European Union (EU), officially opened its new Metrology Laboratory on April 28, 2017 at Power Lane, Ministry of Works Compound in the City of Belmopan. The Metrology lab will be responsible for setting measurement standards to serve as the basis for ensuring equity in the marketplace and as a reference for calibration services throughout the country. The lab was constructed with funding from the European Union and the Government of Belize under the Belize Rural Development Project (BRDP II) at an approximate cost of 1.4 Million Euros or 3.2 Million BZE. This included the physical structure and laboratory equipment.

CITCO’s Labour for Belize
The Belize City Council carried out a citywide clean-up campaign “Labour for Belize” on this year’s labour day. There were a total of 528 registered participants that cleaned up areas on both the North and South sides of the city. Apart from simply cleaning up the city, participants also painted and beautified the areas. Areas that were cleaned included Faber’s Road, the Civic Center area on Jude Street, Albert and Regent streets, and the cemetery at Yarborough. The Bel-China bridge was given a fresh coat of paint along with the Lake Independence basketball court and football field, the Armadillo playground, the Belize sign, the Baron Bliss Lighthouse, Cemetery Road to Albert and Orange Streets, the Northern Highway, and trees in the Buttonwood Bay area.

Customs now has equipment to detect nuclear weapons
On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, there was a handing over of special equipment to the Belize Customs and Excise Department and the Belize Police Department by the Export Control and Related Border Security Program (EXBS). According to Gregory Bates, EXBS’ Security Advisor from the US Embassy in Panama City, they are looking forward to continuing their collaboration with Belize’s local interdiction teams. The efforts of the EXBS are to minimize the global proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, military grade nuclear weaponry, and other efforts of terrorism. They especially focus on the decrease of transfer of such radiological materials into the private sector. There are equipment and trainings that need to be implemented to assure that the distribution is reduced as much as possible. Working with governments and their departments ensure that officers are able to recognize such threats and that transfers are intercepted as expeditiously as possible.

Loan shark complains about housing - again!
On Tuesday of this week the Port Loyola Loan Shark, Gilroy Lord aka Gilroy Usher Sr. called the Love FM morning show. Apparently the reason for his calling was to badmouth and complain about the type of homes Anthony Boots Martinez and the government have been building and giving out to poor Belizeans. Now these houses as far as we know are given to the recipients free of cost and it is the taxpayers who pay for these houses. The Loan Shark’s gripe is that the houses are small and have plycem exterior walls and floors. He said that the walls don’t hold up to the rains and sun. He spoke of houses that were built less than eight years ago as having fallen apart. Usher went as far as to speak of a family that he claimed, had to be issued two houses in the same eight year period because the first one had already deteriorated into a state of disrepair.

Free medical services for Cayo residents
Leaders from Beyond the Horizon 2017 met with Belizean civil leaders in San Ignacio on Friday of last week in anticipation of an upcoming Medical Readiness Training Event (MEDRETE). Task force personnel discussed population control measures and medical services with local doctors and health officials in a town hall planned by Task Force Information Operations. The deployment of medical personnel will start as had been scheduled on the 8th of May and continues to the 16th of May at the Macal Park in San Ignacio Town. Doctors will be seeing patients as from 7:00a.m. and stop accepting patients at 3:00p.m. to allow patients to get through. The types of free services will include general family medicine, vision, dental, pediatrics and gynecology. There will be two dentists working full time at any one time. Resident in rural Cayo are advised to check with village chairmen for transportation arrangements.

Address by the Honorable Prime Minister at the AGM of the Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Thank you for inviting me to share my sense of the business climate, the macro economy, and a few of my Administration’s actions and plans for sustaining and broadening Belize’s economic expansion. To some extent, a degree often underestimated, both government and the private sector grapple with conditions that are uncontrollable, or at least unpredictable. For example, at the start of our tenure nine years ago, the Great Recession and the unusual oil price spike that wobbled the global economy, especially small economies in the American orbit such as Belize, was surely not something we had bargained for. It was an unexpected crisis, made worse by the inability to forecast and prepare beforehand.

Role model youth wins Scotiabank International award
Benque Viejo del Carmen resident Ricky Cunil is once again the recipient of a prestigious international award. Cunil has won the Scotiabank International Bright Future Young Leaders Award, which is awarded to youths who make outstanding contributions to their communities. To be eligible, applicants must reside in a participating country, complete 100 hours of volunteerism in a minimum of three of the Bank’s six philanthropic pillars - education, arts, health, social services, sports and environment. The award promotes volunteerism in the young generation and each year 12 winners are chosen worldwide. The official handing of this award is scheduled to take place on May 3rd at the Scotiabank Branch in Spanish Lookout, where he will become equipped with a tablet and obtain a scholarship to Sixth Form.

Ecumenical Junior College takes gold cup in Social Security National Debate
This year’s Social Security National Finals Debate was held at the Bliss Center for Performing Arts on Friday, April 28, 2017. The very pertinent debate topic focused on the border issue between Belize and Guatemala. Even more than debating the border issue, the debaters from Independence Junior College and Ecumenical Junior College debated whether or not Belize should take the case to the International Court of Justice, and why or why not. Derrick Morgan, Manager, Independence Branch Office, Social Security Board, expressed that he was pleased with the relevance of the topic being debated. He also said that despite any cultural or religious differences, he is satisfied that we can all come together to address the topic. Morgan considered the debate a “launch pad” and a “valuable space for public discourse.”

Hon. Aragon donates to Chan Pine Ridge Students
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” Babe Ruth When a group of kids get together to form a team, nothing motivates them more than having the proper gear and uniforms. This is the case in Chan Pine Ridge. The students of the Chan Pine Ridge Gov’t School are rated among the best upcoming athletes in the Orange Walk District. This school boasts one of the best volleyball and football teams in Orange Walk but what they possess in talent they lack in resources. They are in dire need of sports jerseys and equipment and this need was conveyed to the area representative who didn’t hesitate to respond.

Guatemalan woman was found with a prohibited firearm
Martha Interiano, a 46-year-old Guatemalan with Belize residency and resident of Halls Layout Area, Corozal Town, was charged with a single count of possession of a prohibited firearm. Her son, Jose Interiano, 20-year-old Belizean national of Mile 83 on the Phillip Goldson Highway, Corozal Town, was charged with two criminal offenses. One of them, kept unlicensed ammunitions and the other, the possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply to another person/s for the purpose of drug trafficking. In court before Judge Adolph Lucas, Martha was granted bail in the sum of $7,500 plus one surety of the same amount while Jose was granted bail of $5,000 and a surety of the same amount. Both are to report to the Corozal Police Station once a week and attend all court adjournment dates.

Lorenzo Smith guilty of jail house murder
After 5 months of sitting behind prison bars awaiting his fate, 31 year old Lorenzo Smith Jr., accused of the killing of his prison cell mate, Alfonso Eck was found guilty of murder on Tuesday May 2. After the guilty verdict, Justice Troadio J. Gonzalez deferred sentencing for Friday, May 5, 2017. Smith Jr. was accused of the murder of Alonzo Eck who was found dead inside his cell on the night of October 9, 2009. Initially, authorities thought his death was a suicide but Dr. Mario Estradabran later ruled his death a homicide as Smith Jr., was the only other person inside the cell at the time of Eck’s death, on the night of October 9, 2009, a Prison officer who found Eck said he was on the toilet in a stooping position with a blanket around his neck.

Enrique Pook Jr., walks free from 3 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse of a 13 year old girl
Enrique Pook Jr., 22-years-old, has been set free from his accusations of having sexual intercourse with a minor on three separate occasions dating all the way back to 2014. Porsha Staine-Ferguson, Crown Counsel for the office of the DPP, entered a nolle prosequi after the victim and her mother both informed the court that they did not wish to continue the matter in court. The first two incidents are said to have occurred in 2014, once in August and another time in October. The third incident occurred in early 2015. The matter went to PI in July 2015 where Pook was committed to stand trial on three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse.

Bailed after being charged with rape of American student
A day after arriving in the country, a 17-year-old student from California was raped in San Pedro by a man that was introduced to her by a relative. The alleged attacker, Eldon Williams, was initially denied bail and remanded to prison after he was charged with a single count of rape when he appeared in the San Pedro Magistrate Court. Williams took his case to the Supreme Court and was successful in securing bail with the aid of his attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley. On Friday, Aril 28, 2017, fifteen days after the incident, Williams’ bail application was heard before Supreme Court Judge Adolph Lucas who granted him bail in the sum of $10,000 and a surety of the same amount. Williams was ordered to stay away from the victim or any prosecution witness. Williams was also ordered to report to the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court once a week and to attend all court adjournments and his next court date set for May 5, 2017.

Police charge man for murder of 17 year old
Ladyville police have arrested and charged 28-year-old Timothy Thurton for the murder of 17 year-old Brandon Randy Bradley. The teenager was gunned down on Wednesday night, April 26, when he was only a short distance away from his home in Lords Bank Village. Residents told the press that at around 9 o’clock that Wednesday night, he was socializing with a group of friends and his brother at an unnamed shop in the village. That shop is less than a mile away, and his companions from that evening say that he was in good spirits joking around with those around him, when he decided that it was time for him to go home.

Baby killed in accident at 8 miles
Police are investigating a Labour day accident which claimed the life of a 7-month-old baby. The accident occurred around 2 p.m. on May 1, 2017 when Darrel Jackson, a 23-year-old Belize City resident, was driving a grey Mitsubishi Endeavor on the George Price Highway. Along with him were 7 passengers, Vidal Davis, 22-years-old, Standford Casimiro, 10-years-old, AJ Flores, 19-years-old, Jermaine Wagner, Aldis Ferguson, Johlanie Ferguson, and Esmay Ferguson, the 7-month-old baby. According to police reports, Jackson lost control of the SUV around mile 9. That caused the vehicle to flip over causing varying degrees of injuries to all the passengers and claiming the life of Esmay.

Weekend drownings at Roaring Creek and Banana Bank
On April 30, 2017, a drowning was reported in the vicinity of the Hammock Bridge in Roaring Creek. The victim on the Roaring Creek drowning was Joseph Vacarro, 16-year-old student of Edward P. Yorke High school. He was to have graduated in June of this year. On the same date, police visited the Banana Bank area where 11-year-old Sandy Lopez, a student, drowned. According to investigations, around 12:30 p.m., Armando Lopez, Sandy’s father and a Belizean farmer of Valley of Peace, was at the river where his children were swimming. He heard screams and saw that his children were being swept away by the current but he was unable to save his daughter Sandy.

San Pedro Tiger Sharks won nail biter game against Cayo Western Ballaz
The Pepsi National Elite Basketball League commenced its semi-final competition on Friday 28th April, 2017, at the Stann Creek Ecumenical High School Auditorium in Dangriga Town between the Dangriga Dream Ballers and the Belmopan Bandits. The visiting Belmopan Bandits prevailed in game one in the best of three format series when it upended the Dangriga Dream Ballers by the score of 71-55. The top scorers for the Belmopan Bandits were Stephen Williams with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals; Gregory Rudon who also scored 14 points, to go along with his 3 rebounds and 3 assists and Edgar Mitchell with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. For the Dangriga Dream Ballers, the top scorers were Tahj Wells with 18 points, 13 rebounds and a steal; Trevaughn Usher with 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist and a steal and Akeem Trapp with 8 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

Verdes FC and the Belmopan Bandits in the finals of the Premier League of Belize Closing Season
The Premier League of Belize 2016-2017 Closing Season Football competition will enter its championship round on Sunday 7th May at 4:00 pm out at the Norman Broaster Stadium in San Ignacio Town with game one of the two games series between Verdes FC and the defending champions the Belmopan Bandits, with the second and final game scheduled for Saturday 13th May at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in the City of Belmopan. The Belmopan Bandits made it to the championship round when it played to a 1-1 draw with the Belize Defence Force on Saturday 29th April, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan. The Belmopan Bandits was the first to get onto the scoreboard when Jairo Rochez scored his team’s goal in the 10th minute of play to give it a 1-0 lead.

Football Federation of Belize calls U-20 female footballers to training
In preparation for the UNCAF U-20 Women Elimination which will be held in Nicaragua from June 18-22, 2017, the FFB is calling the following players for training on May 6 and 7, 2017 at the FFB Training Facility in Belmopan. All players should be at the FFB Headquarters by 8:00 a.m. Players must bring along their passport, boots, shin guard, and toiletries.

Hummingbird Elementary girls and Holy Redeemer boys win Belize District Primary Schools Volleyball
The 2016-2017 Belize District Primary Schools Volleyball championship took place on Wednesday 3rd May, 2017, at the Belize Elementary School Auditorium. In the girls’ championship game, Hummingbird Elementary School won over Belize Elementary School in two sets by the score of 25-13 and 25-16 to capture the Belize District Primary Schools Volleyball championship. In the boys’ championship game, Holy Redeemer School won over Belize Elementary School by the score of 25-21, 25-18 to capture the Belize District Primary Schools Volleyball championship.

Paint Up a Storm in San Ignacio
A full day event to enhance the talents in the arts was held on Saturday of this past weekend at the Cayo Welcome Center in San Ignacio Town. Now being held for the seventh year, Paint Up a Storm is organized by Canadian Dr. Winsom Winsom and involves paint brushes, multicolored paint and a variety of arts and craft materials. Volunteers from the local banks turned up to change the paint brushes and add additional paint when required by children doing their art work. This year the various wooden platforms for painting was donated by Juan Chuc. The outstanding art work produced by the participants of Paint Up a Storm required much effort and team work. Artists were hosted by Cahal Pech and the lunches were provided by Guava Limb. Nurse Marlene Sanker and Dr. Winsom Winsom had been up and about until 1:00 pm on Friday preparing materials for Saturday’s event.

Words of Life with Pastor Barry Fraser
In James 4:8, the brother of Jesus wrote: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” Building and maintaining great relationships is hard work. It requires precious uninterrupted time and abundant patience, but the rewards are priceless. It brings us no financial gain, and we live in a world where we are made to believe money makes the world go round. Therefore we go off to work to make money for buying things, which will replace us in the lives of our loved ones. It can get so bad that we never notice that we are growing further apart, until we wake up one day to find everything has fallen apart. But it is never too late to make the effort to build a good relationship if we are willing to put in the time and effort to turn things around.

“I was disappointed in these entities because nobody bothered to find out what the facts were.”
In an effort to improve grammar, comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills;the Belize Book Industry Association along with the National Institute for Culture and History and the Institute for Social and Cultural Research (ISCR) will launch Book Week. I am extremely overjoyed by that bit of news and I support the effort completely. I have been a teacher since 1982 and I am shocked by the very large number of individuals that have problems with reading and writing. Recently the Editor(Amandala) wrote:” It is the whole community which has seen our quality of life reduced…” I wish that he had evaluated the role of parents, family, neighbors, school and community, with specific emphasis on behavior, customs, discipline, opportunities…

Common Courtesy
After reading the “Guardian” last week I realized that it has been about a year now since I last opened a copy of the Amandala newspaper. Honestly, I simply lost interest and I guess I have not missed much except maybe a little history from the editorials and the publisher columns but nothing from the extremist from Finca Solana who delights in taking cheap shots at our ancestors the Baymen who settled and defended this land hundreds of years ago. After reading the article on Mr. Luna I could only shake my head at the sustained crusade of one ethnic man in his quest to disparage the Creoles of our country. One hot button issue I have followed closely in the evening news is the Senate inquiry at the immigration Department. I really am astonished at the level of underhandedness practiced by some Public Officers in cahoots with “facilitators”. We Ordinary citizens have all experienced the ordeal of trying to process a passport. First we have to suffer at Registry then we have to chase down a teacher and a JP to recommend us.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

FBI arriving in Belize to investigate expat double murder
Exclusive reports to BBN indicate that members of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will be assisting the Belize Police Department with the investigation into the double murder of Canadian, Francesca Matus and American, Drew De Voursney in Corozal. The couple resided in the quiet expat community of Serenity Sands in the Corozal district.

Relative kills relative in Chetumal
Breaking Belize News has confirmed that Belizean national, Saul Pech was killed last night in Chetumal, Quintana Roo. Saul Pech, a resident of Orange Walk was reportedly in his apartment with two other men drinking when an argument started with his cousin who pulled out a knife and stabbed him. The accused cousin is from Orange Walk and also has Pech as his surname.

Police find .32 revolver in Benque
According to police reports, yesterday morning around 11:30 , police conducted a search on an abandoned lot in the Santa Cruz Area of Benque Viejo and found a .32 revolver with (2) live .765 mm ammunition.

Police find over 1,200 grams of marijuana in Belize City
Yesterday morning around 6, police conducted search on an abandoned lot on Raccoon Street Extension and found three plastic bags containing 1,210.8 grams of cannabis.

San Ignacio Police arrest three persons for keeping ammo without license
Last night around 8:20, police visited the residence of Jose Quintanilla on Teck Street, San Ignacio Town. At the time of the search, Jose Quintanilla, Delwin Lopez, and Carlos Juarez were present.

Magistrate to be charged for rape
Magistrate, poet, former teacher, and UDP supporter, Norman Rodriguez, is currently overseas. However, upon his return into the country he will be charged for rape. The Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, has instructed the police to charge him.

Canadian man detained in connection with murder of Canadian-American couple
According to reports, Belize police have 2 persons detained in connection with the double murder of American national Drew De Voursney, 36, and Canadian national Francesca Matus,52. In a press briefing on Tuesday, Belize police told the media that the case is being treated as a murder investigation and they are investigating some threats made to the couple. BBN has been able to confirm that a Canadian national is detained as a suspect. However, police have not confirmed if another person is detained.

Over 37,000 Belizeans attended Agric Fair
The Ministry of Agriculture thanks the public, exhibitors, sponsors, and all the support personnel who made the 2017 National Agriculture and Trade Show (NATS) a resounding success. According to the NATS Committee, 37,143 Belizeans attended the event which represents an 8.28% increase over the 2016 attendance of 34,304. On Saturday, April 29, 2017, attendance was 15,107 compared to 13,982 in 2016, and on Sunday, April 30, 2017, attendance was 22,036 compared to 20,304 in 2016 – an increase of 9.98%.

New police booth inaugurated in San Pedro
Yesterday, the San Pedro Police, the San Pedro neighborhood watch group, and the San Pedro Town Council inaugurated a new police booth. Present at the ceremony was Mayor Danny Guerrero, Commander of the Eastern Police Division North, ACP Dezerie Phillips, ASP Henry Jemott, members of the town council and members of the neighborhood watch.

Belizean killed in Chetumal
A Belizean man was murdered last night in Chetumal, Mexico. Details are sketchy but the victim has been identified as Saul Pech.

Blogs

Attempting 36 Treatments in One Day at Victoria House Spa
Our mission – to experience the 36 different spa treatments at the Victoria House Spa in one day; is it all possible? Greedy, maybe!? Jeje!! Then I thought about it – kind of impossible when a full body scrub and relaxing facial took us most of the morning. Wishful thinking on my part, but a day at the spa with two treatments was more than enough? When Victoria House invited us for day of pampering at their new spa I knew we were in for some much needed relaxation. YES we had the pleasure of indulging in a couple treatments, PLUS enjoying the amenities of 2-bedroom Infinity Suite, lounging by the infinity pool and indulging at their Palmilla Restaurant. Traveling is a lot of work; believe it or not. Indulging in the Coco Body Polish was ideal to exfoliate, cleanse, nourish and refine our skin. This full body exfoliation treatment includes coconut oil and sea salt or local natural sugars, local honey, essential oils, a warm outdoor shower rinse, and topped off with a glorious cocoa body butter application (not a massage) to seal in the hydrating benefits.

The Beers in Belize
When you think of Belize, you think of the beautiful tropical beaches, the enchanting rain forest, and the ancient Maya temples that are scattered throughout this wonderful country. The friendly people, incredible diving experiences, and Caribbean music will also come to mind. Sadly, not many people think about the native beer. Belize is a little bit different than most countries when it comes to beer. Most foreign beers are prohibited from coming into the country. Only a few Caribbean beers are allowed to be sold in Belize. The Guinness Stout that is sold in Belize is actually brewed by the Belize Brewing Company and is a slightly different recipe than the European version of this beer. The Belize Brewing Company is the major brewer in the country and is responsible for producing Belkin, the most popular beer in the country. Named after the Maya word for “road to the east,” a reference to the Belize River, Belkin Beer is a classic Lager beer fashioned after European recipes that has a whopping 4.8 percent alcohol content. The other fabulous beers you can enjoy from the Belize Brewing Company include:

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Belize 2020 projects make impact in Central American nation
A new multipurpose building nearing completion at St. Martin de Porres Parish in Belize City is just one result of Belize 2020, a partnership in which St. Louisans support Jesuit ministries in a poverty-stricken neighborhood known for drug-gang violence, unemployment and family instability. The building will serve the parish, its school and community. Programs there will "keep students positively engaged and off the streets," said Misty Michael, coordinator of Belize 2020. Belize 2020's Project HEAL focuses on education. A multi-year plan assists St. Martin de Porres School, administered by the Jesuits and serving 750 students in day care, preschool and elementary school programs.

United Garifuna Association tribute to Rupert Anderson, One of Belize’s Greatest Goalkeepers
On Saturday 28th April 2017, I received a text that Rupert Anderson, better known as “Canalayte”, died in Florida. This news spoiled my whole Saturday. I knew that he was ailing for years now but did not expect my friend and former teammate with our “Ubafu” 1982 championship team to die so quickly. This text came in shortly after I got off the phone with another teammate and friend Kenrick Jones, who was on the team with us when we won the championship. Kenrick Jones and Rupert Anderson played together for the Landivar championship team before they both came to live here in New York City. The Ubafu soccer team has now lost two of our legends, namely, Gene Guild and Rupert Anderson. Currently, the family in Florida is making funeral arrangements for our teammate and friend. Plans are currently being made here in New York City to honor our beloved friend and teammate. The officers, members, friends and supporters of our organization hereby take this opportunity to express our deepest condolences to his family, friends and teammates. He will be sadly missed by all of us.

Mining magnate Ross Beaty donates $5 million to save jaguars
Jaguars in eight countries have Vancouver mining magnate Ross Beaty and his family to thank for helping preserve habitat corridors. The serial entrepreneur who founded Pan American Silver Corp. and his family are donating $5 million over 10 years to Panthera, which is a global wild cat conservation organization. The news comes a few months after the Canadian Museum of Nature announced that Beaty would be providing it with its largest-ever philanthropic gift: a $4 million investment to enhance the museum’s national research and collections that are focused on species discovery. “My family and I are pleased to support Panthera and its critical mission in Latin America,” Beaty said. “While the conservation challenges in the focus areas are vast, so are the opportunities, thanks to the groundwork that Panthera has laid. No one is better positioned than Panthera’s world-class team to implement the innovative, collaborative solutions that are so urgently needed.” Panthera will fund 18 staff to do research, education and policy work to help create protected areas in imperiled jaguar habitats and corridors. The money to secure jaguar habitat will be in eight countries: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia.

Debt strangling a Caribbean generation
There is a real prospect that, in dealing with unsustainable debt, 11 of 13 Caribbean small states will have lost the first three decades of the 21st century, and foregone opportunities for poverty reduction, transformation and growth. That judgement has been made by a leading development-economist who has studied and worked on small economies. Cyrus Rustomjee is a South African-born, former head of the Economic Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat. In that position, he produced well-considered papers for the G20 on the development challenges confronting developing countries. His recent study, “Pathways through the silent crisis: Innovations to Resolve Unsustainable Caribbean Public Debt”, was commissioned by the Centre for International Governance, an independent think-tank located in Canada. Losing “the first three decades of the 21st century” is a grim prospect. That’s practically an entire generation of Caribbean people. As Rustomjee points out, the problem is not that debt accumulation and debt servicing pose an intrinsic threat to poverty reduction, growth and development; but unsustainable high debt and debt servicing levels do.

Passengers Can Sue Airlines for Delayed Bags, Court Says
Even if you go to great lengths to make sure your checked bags won't get lost, ultimately, it's out of your control. Once you toss your suitcase on that scale, it's at the airline's whim. A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, however, that you might have more recourse to recouping your checked bag fee, when it overturned an earlier decision that could pave the way for disgruntled customers to sue airlines over delayed bags. Back in 2009, Hayley Hickcox-Huffman paid $15 to check her bag on a US Airways flight from Colorado Springs, Colorado to San Luis Obispo, California. When her luggage didn't show upon time, and took another day to arrive, she filed a class action lawsuit against US Airways on behalf of all customers whose bags were delayed, according to Reuters. But in 2011, a federal court dismissed the case, citing the 1978 Airline Deregulation Act that both prohibited states from enforcing laws concerning "price, route or service" of airlines, and passengers from suing airlines over said laws.

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  • Ministry of Finance& Resources - The Land Application Process Explained, 39min.

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  • Belize Caste War project by SJC, 2min. This video is to promote the caste war exhibit done by Saint John's collage in May 5,2016. The testimonies are from the Maya of Orange Walk. The Maya of Orange walk and Corozal belong to the Yucatec Maya group .

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  • The White House in Placencia // Belize Vacation Rental, 2.5min.


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